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handicap

hand·i·cap

handicap

 
 
pronunciation:
haen di kaep
parts of speech:
noun, verb
part of speech: noun
definition 1: anything that makes things harder or keeps one from doing better.
Despite the handicap of being blind, she graduated from college with high honors.His greatest handicap is not believing in himself.
synonyms:
disability, disadvantage
antonyms:
asset
similar words:
check, curb, drawback, hindrance
definition 2: an advantage or disadvantage placed on a team or player in a race or contest. This is done to give everyone an equal chance to win.
Runners over the age of sixty were given a head start as a handicap.
similar words:
advantage, disadvantage, head start
 
part of speech: verb
inflections: handicapped, handicapping, handicaps
definition: to put at a disadvantage; hinder.
His fear of speaking up handicapped him in class.
synonyms:
hamper, hinder
antonyms:
help
similar words:
burden, disable, impair, restrain, saddle